Volume CXIX No. 47
Monday, October 22, 2012
Supreme Court decision could change college admission process, diversity rates Judges debate affirmative action, UConn supports ‘holistic review’ of applicants
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sions policy considering race is constitutional. According to a statement released by UConn, the Connecticut university does not have a formal policy regarding race and ethnicity for its undergraduate admissions process. “…The university employs recruiting strategies and undertakes a holistic review of each applicant in order to admit classes that meet the university’s goals, one of which is ensuring a diverse student body, in recognition of the increasingly diverse society we live in,” said an official UConn statement regarding an amicus brief supporting UT the university participated in. The statement also said “We acknowledge the value of diversity in background and creed in its contribution to a creative and challenging educational environment for students. Our AP setting must be one that can consider, Abigail Fisher, the Texan involved in the University of Texas affirmative action case, accompanied by her attorney in a critical manner, the intellectual Bert Rein, right, talks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10. contributions from the broadest range of perspectives possible. Presence of admitted based on a variety of factors, Texas. Since the Texas school system diversity is essential to the intellectual including race. The policy stems from remains highly segregated, the 10 per- enterprise of the university.” a historical effort to make the minor- cent policy has resulted in an increase If the Court does rule in favor of ity student body population of the in the percentage of minority students Fisher, Bernstein, suspects it will affect UT more reflective of Texas’ general admitted to UT. Therefore, a policy all colleges. minority population. considering race, in addition to this “It’s going to have a chilling effect,” The 10 percent policy was put in 10 percent policy, may not even be she said. place after UT’s affirmative action needed. program was deemed unconstitutional The question being submitted to the in the 1997 case Hopwood v. State of Supreme Court is whether an admis- Katherine.Tibedo@UConn.edu
By Katherine Tibedo Senior Staff Writer A case currently on the U.S. Supreme Court docket could result in changes in many colleges’ admissions processes. Abigail Noel Fisher filed suit against UT claiming she was denied admission to UT in large part because she is not a minority race. Her case, Fisher v. University of Texas, claims UT’s policy that considers race in university admissions is unconstitutional because it places those of minority races at an advantage over white applicants. Should the Court rule in favor of Fisher, it would largely overturn the 2003 5 to 4 decision of Grutter v. Bollinger. In this case, the Court deemed diversity a compelling interest for colleges, thus allowing colleges to consider race in their admissions, so long as quotas are not used, according to a New York Times article entitled “Schools Brace for Decision on Affirmative Action.” “Depending on how the ruling goes, there is going to be a decision whether or not diversity is a legitimate interest [for public universities],” said UConn sociology professor Mary Bernstein. UT’s current policy guarantees admission to all Texas high school students who fall in the top 10 percent of their class. Students who are not in the top 10 percent of their class are
Aggressive ads, protests keep abortion Connecticut college official in presidential campaign spotlight
NEW YORK (AP) — Polls show that abortion isn’t the top issue for most Americans as the presidential election looms next month. But both sides are rallying emotions on the passionate subject in the hopes of making a difference in what remains a tight race. There’s extra intensity this year because President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, reflecting their party platforms, are so polarized on abortion, and because the women’s vote is a major factor in the race. A new Gallup poll released Wednesday found that nearly 40 percent of female registered voters surveyed in 12 battleground states that will decide the election consider abortion the most important issue for women — even outranking jobs. The Nov. 6 election is decided state by state, not by popular national vote. Obama and Romney rarely tackle the topic directly. The void is being filled by rival advocacy groups targeting those battleground states with ads depicting one candidate or the other as an extremist in his stance. The National Right to Life Committee says Obama is “the most pro-abortion president this country has ever seen.” Another antiabortion group, the Susan B. Anthony List, is running anti-Obama TV ads titled “Abortion Radical.” Groups supporting legal access to abortion, as well as the Obama campaign itself, depict Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan as eager to ban most abortions as part of a Republican “war on women.” The Republican ticket “is extremely dangerous to women’s health,” says Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. Obama believes decisions about abortion should be left to women and their doctors. Romney opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest and threat to the mother’s life, and he says the Supreme Court should repeal the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a nationwide right to abortion. He also would end federal aid to Planned Parenthood, a non-government group which is a major provider of abortion and contraception. Mark Rozell, a political science professor
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In this Friday, March 23, 2012 file photo, supporters from both sides of the abortion issue share the sidewalk next to the Planned Parenthhood clinic in West Glenwood, Colo. Numerous polls in the 2012 presidential election indicate that abortion and other hot-button social issues aren’t top priorities for most Americans as they worry about jobs and health care.
at George Mason University in the battleground state of Virginia, said the abortion debate could play a crucial role in the election even as the economy remains the biggest concern. “The social issues do matter to a significant portion of voters, especially certain swing voters who might see a candidate’s position on abortion as a marker,” Rozell said. “Can they trust this candidate to govern responsibly, or is he beholden to an extreme element in his political party?” Rozell said Romney faces a tricky balancing act as he tries to appeal to middle-of-the road women without antagonizing religious conservatives who already are wary because Romney supported abortion rights in the past. Last week, Romney told The Des Moines Register’s editorial board that there wasn’t any abortion-related legislation he planned to pursue as president. A spokeswoman quickly clarified his remark, and Romney told report-
ers: “I’ll be a pro-life president.” Planned Parenthood, through its political action affiliates, has spent more on this election than any in the past — more than $12 million, with about half the money going for TV ads in Florida, Virginia, Ohio and other battleground states. Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said a large chunk of the money had been donated by new contributors eager to fight back against Republican efforts to restrict abortion at the state and federal level. “People have woken up and said, ‘Not only are they serious, but they’re close to imposing their will on the women of America,’” Laguens said. Among the biggest spenders on the antiabortion side is the Susan B. Anthony List. Along with its political action committees, it has reported more than $3 million in expenditures, including TV ads in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Colorado.
HARTFORD (AP) — The former president of Connecticut’s state university and community college system was paid at least $100,000 more than his salary in 13 months on the job, before resigning earlier this month amid a controversy over $250,000 in unauthorized raises. Robert Kennedy received $75,000 from a contractual bonus and an un-vouchered expense account, and at least $25,000 in other reimbursements on top of his $340,000 salary, The Hartford Courant reported Sunday. The compensation was allowed under a contract negotiated by the governor’s office. Kennedy is also eligible for another $20,000 in “deferred compensation,” despite his leaving the job. Kennedy and a vice president of the college system, Michael Meotti, resigned on Oct. 12 after Kennedy admitted making a mistake when he awarded $250,000 in pay raises to staff over the past year without the Board of Regents’ permission or knowledge. Messages were left for Kennedy on Sunday. Kennedy was also criticized for a nearly nine-week absence from Connecticut during the summer, but is still expected to be paid more than $4,000 for nearly 27 hours of “accrued vacation,” the Courant reported, citing Kennedy’s contract and responses to a request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.
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Conn. Reps. DeLauro, Larson praise McGovern
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Democrats are praising George McGovern as a tireless fighter against hunger, poverty and the Vietnam War. The former South Dakota senator and three-time Democratic presidential candidate died Sunday morning in Sioux Falls. He was 90. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro says McGovern was an inspiration for her career, dating back to when she made phone calls in New Haven for one of McGovern’s presidential campaigns. She says she was honored to receive the George McGovern leadership award in 2009. Congressman John Larson calls McGovern a “true humanitarian” and a “champion of the American dream.” He says McGovern’s career is a testament to peace, the middle class and working for the greater good.
NJ governor to campaign in Conn. for McMahon
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the latest nationally known politician to get involved in Connecticut’s close Senate race. The Republican is scheduled to appear with former wrestling executive and GOP candidate Linda McMahon at three campaign rallies on Monday afternoon. The pair is scheduled to make stops in Stamford, Waterbury and Glastonbury. McMahon’s campaign has said Christie plans to talk about why “strong, independent voices” like McMahon’s are needed in Washington. McMahon is in a close race against Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy. They are vying for the seat held by the retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent.
Kennedy cousin Skakel up for parole in Connecticut
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who will get his first parole hearing Wednesday, deserves to be released from prison a decade after he was convicted of killing his neighbor because he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice and has been a model inmate, his supporters say. But the victim’s relatives want Skakel kept in prison the rest of his life, saying he was properly convicted and has shown no remorse. Skakel is serving 20 years to life for beating Martha Moxley to death with a golf club in 1975 in Greenwich when they were 15-year-old neighbors. Skakel is a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy.
Ex-administrator sues Yale, claims discrimination
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former senior administrator at Yale University is suing the Ivy League school, claiming that he was fired after more than three decades because of his age. Sixty-three-year-old Martin Donovan says Yale officials unfairly criticized him to justify their efforts to fire him in March 2011 after he rejected suggestions that he retire. The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/ReWCvv ) that the lawsuit filed at U.S. District Court in New Haven says Donovan was the director of finance for the Yale Medical Group. He later added the position of administrator for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. The lawsuit claims that Donovan’s bosses hid the discriminatory nature of his ouster by falsely blaming him for various things, including a doctor’s leaving Yale. Spokesman Tom Conroy says Yale believes the lawsuit is unjustified and will defend against it.
Bysiewicz campaigns for Murphy in Conn. Senate
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz is out campaigning for Connecticut Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, months after losing to him in a sometimes contentious Democratic primary. Bysiewicz participated Saturday in a “Women for Murphy” bus tour, making stops in Norwich, Branford, Fairfield and West Hartford. She was joined by other Democrats, including Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal was also on hand. Bysiewicz is speaking on Murphy’s behalf at various events. Calling herself a “very strong Democrat,” she offered on primary night to help Murphy in the general election. Murphy faces Republican Linda McMahon. While McMahon says she supports abortion rights and women’s health care, Waterford state Rep. Betsy Ritter called Murphy “the best woman in the race.”
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Justice Ginsburg speaks at Yale NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an advocate for women’s rights before she joined the high court, said Friday that one of her favorite techniques to persuade men on legal issues was to get them to think about how they want the world to be for their daughters. Ginsburg spoke at Yale University on Friday as part of the university’s Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights. She was interviewed by former New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse, who lectures at Yale Law School. The 79-year-old Ginsburg was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, successfully arguing gender discrimination cases in the 1970s. “The major problem that gender equity advocates faced in the 1970s was the perception that laws that differentiated between men and women did so for a benign purpose, to protect the women,” Ginsburg said. Ginsburg, who joined the high court in 1993, said advocates had to show the harmful nature of such laws. “That was one of my favorite techniques,” Ginsburg said while discussing the influence the granddaughters of the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist had on him. “I would try to get men to think not so much about what good husbands or fathers they had been but how do they want
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg waves to the audience during a speaking engagement at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Friday, Oct. 19.
the world to be for their daughters.” She said laws overtly restricting and discriminating against women are largely gone, but she noted that discrimination cases and other issues such as work-life balance and unconscious hiring biases remain. Ginsburg is now one of three female justices on the high court. She said when she’s asked when there will be enough,
she replies, “When there are nine,” sparking laughter. Ginsburg said her response is usually greeted by astonishment, but she reminds people there were nine men since the court sat. These days, Ginsburg joked there appears to be a contest between Justices Antonin Scalia and Sonia Sotomayor over who will ask the most questions.
American Airlines layoffs taking toll on families
Lawsuit shows A&F CEO’s finicky air travel habits
NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to flying, it seems that Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael S. Jeffries is obsessed with the details. A 40-plus page manual that was filed with court documents in relation to an age discrimination suit by a former pilot outlined a list of instructions for crew members aboard the CEO’s Gulfstream jet that stipulated everything from how to arrange the toilet paper to what type of cologne should be worn. Among the details: the male flight crew had to wear a hat, sunglasses, gloves, boxer briefs and a spritz of A&F41. Jeffries also didn’t want the toilet paper to be “exposed” and the end square should be folded. As for current issues of magazines like Bloomberg Businessweek or Fortune, they had to be kept in the right side of the credenza. Crew members should always check for fingerprints on the credenza, cabin door, galley door, ledges and the cabinet doors in the lavatory. And the crew has to play the song “Take Me Home” when passengers entered the cabin for the return flight. Details of the manual, first reported by Bloomberg News late last week, were part of the documents in an age discrimination lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 2010 by former pilot Michael Stephen Bustin, now 55. According to the court papers, Bustin argued he was terminated because of his age so he could be replaced by a younger pilot more in keeping with the company’s youthful image. He had piloted Jeffries’ Gulfstream from February 2008 until his firing in December 2009. A&F has dismissed the claims in court documents. Lawyers for Bustin couldn’t be immediately reached. Calls to A&F’s investor relations weren’t immedi-
In this Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, file photo, Michael S. Jeffries, chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, speaks at the annual National Retail Federation conference in New York. When it comes to flying, it seems that Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael S. Jeffries is obsessed with the details.
ately returned on Sunday. The flight manual comes to light as A&F is struggling to sell its preppy jeans and T-shirts at a time when fashion trends are shifting and a rough economy has left teens around the world on tighter budgets. A&F shares, which are hovering around $32, are down more than 30 percent since the beginning of the year. They have lost more than half their value in the past 12 months. A&F reported in August that its profit plunged by more than half in the second quarter as revenue at stores open at least a year fell 10 percent. A&F also disclosed in August that it will put a hold on opening any additional flagship stores and scale back on the number of locations it opens abroad, in part to prevent stores in international markets from cannibalizing sales from each other. A&F announced in June that it was closing 180 U.S. stores over the next few years. The New Albany, Ohiobased chain had already closed 135 underperforming U.S. stores in two years. Jeffries, who has been chief executive since 1992 and chairman since 1998, has
been responsible for creating its sexy image, fueling lots of controversy. About seven years ago, A&F, known for its racy advertising and scantily clad models outside its stores, had to pay $40 million to several thousand minority and female plaintiffs who charged the chain with discrimination. The settlement also stipulated that A&F has to implement policies and programs to recruit diversity among its workforce. As for the rulebook for his Gulfstream staffers, it underscores Jeffries’ attention to meticulous details, particularly how he wants his flight crew dressed. For example, hats should be worn only when the temperature is below 40 degrees. The brim of the hat should be two inches thick and it should be pulled so that it’s about in the middle of the forehead. When wearing a winter coat, the crew has to zip the jacket up to the fourth button from the bottom. The lowest button should be left undone, but the next three buttons up should be fastened. Jeans should sit at the hips, according to the rulebook.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — One employee described spending an entire shift in almost complete silence, her co-workers too unsettled to keep up the usual banter along the maintenance line. It came last month, after American Airlines posted a “Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification,” known as a WARN letter. It told nearly 3,000 Tulsa employees they could be laid off in the next few months, as the company struggles to cut costs and emerge from bankruptcy. Nobody knew how many jobs would really be cut, or exactly who would face unemployment, leaving nearly half the Tulsa workforce uncertain about the immediate future. “It’s been a little less gloomy lately,” says John Bell, who performs maintenance on the facility itself rather than working on the aircraft. “As the numbers went down, people realized that most of us were going to be OK, at least for now,” Bell told the Tulsa World. The airline originally planned to cut 2,700 jobs in Tulsa. But the union negotiated the number down to 1,300. And with early retirements and attrition, the actual number of layoffs will be less than 450, officials say. About 300 of those employees can shift into other positions at American, leaving about 140 out of work, according to the union. But the future is still cloudy for American, a company that remains in bankruptcy with a possible merger on the horizon and more downsizing possible.
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Conn. GOP hopes to win 2 open state Senate seats
HARTFORD (AP) — Republicans are focusing on two open seats as they try to make inroads in the Connecticut state Senate, which Democrats have controlled since 1996. Democrats sit in 22 of the 36 seats in the upper chamber and are not expected to lose that majority in the election next month. But state Republican party chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said the convergence of a couple of key Democratic retirements and a poor economy has him hopeful. “That would certainly create a backdrop for the voters to consider an alternative to Democrat one-party rule,” he said. “It is undeniable that the Democrat party owns Connecticut’s bad economy.” The GOP sees its biggest opportunity in the 19th District, where Democrat Edith Prague of Columbia is retiring after 18 years. Prague’s endorsement helped Sprague first selectman Cathy Osten beat the party’s endorsed candidate, State Rep. Tom Reynolds, in the Democratic primary. Osten is now in a heated battle with Republican State Rep. Chris Coutu of Norwich who beat her, 57 percent to 43 percent, two years ago to gain his House seat. “He didn’t have a record to run on in 2010,” Osten said. “This is a different race.” Coutu is known as a fiscal conservative and gained notoriety for being the only member of the House to vote against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s $1.1 billion jobs bill. Prague called him an ultra-right wing “fringe” politician, who does not know how to compromise on anything. “I would be so upset if he takes this seat,” she said. “He scares me. Did you know in the House
In this Feb. 8, 2012 file photo, state Sen. Edith Prague, D-Columbia, looks up to the gallery to her daughter during opening day at the State Capitol in Hartford.
they call him Cuckoo Coutu?” Coutu dismisses the name calling and said he simply votes for fiscal responsibility. “People in Hartford are not used to someone questioning anything they do,” he said. “They are so used to having unopposed power, that when people start questioning them, they just start knocking them and defaming them.”
Republicans also are targeting the 33rd District, where Democrat Eileen Dailey is retiring. That is a three-way race among Democratic State Rep. James Crawford of Westbrook, Republican Art Linares of Westbrook and Green Party candidate Melissa Schlag, who clashed with Dailey over a proposed land exchange between Connecticut and developers in Haddam.
Funeral for slain Lebanon official ends in clashes, protests
China’s new leaders face tough economic choices
BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic model that delivered three decades of double-digit growth is running out of steam and the country’s next leaders face tough choices to keep incomes rising. But they don’t seem to have ambitious solutions. Even if they do, they will need to tackle entrenched interests with backing high in the Communist Party. The cost of inaction could be high. The World Bank says without change, annual growth could sink to 5 percent by 2015 — dangerously low by Chinese standards. Some private sector analysts give even gloomier warnings. The government’s own advisers say it needs to promote service industries and consumer spending, shifting away from reliance on exports and investment. That will require opening more industries to entrepreneurs and forcing cosseted state companies to compete. State banks would have to lend more to private business that is starved for credit. The ruling party’s latest five-year development plan promises reforms in broad terms. Premier Wen Jiabao apologized at a news conference in March for not moving fast enough and vowed quicker action. But many changes could face opposition from China’s most influential factions — state companies, their allies in the party, bureaucrats and local leaders. “If the challenge is, can they do radical reform all at once, we know that won’t happen because these leaders aren’t powerful enough,” said Scott Kennedy, director of Indiana University’s Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business in Beijing. “They are facing interests which wouldn’t possibly allow that to occur.” Also at issue is how much Communist Party leaders are willing to cut back state industry that provides jobs and money to
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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces unleashed a barrage of gunfire and tear gas in central Beirut on Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to storm the government headquarters after the funeral of a top Lebanese intelligence official killed by a car bomb. The speedy ignition of the protests demonstrated the flammability of the country’s divisive and sectarian politics. The protesters blamed the assassination on the government of neighboring Syria and consider Lebanon’s current government to be too close to that embattled regime. Many also chanted against Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group that dominates the government and serves as the Damascus regime’s closest Lebanese ally. As the battle raged, with protesters and security personnel pelting each other with hunks of concrete, metal bars and tear gas canisters, former Prime Minister Fuad Saniora appealed for calm. “The use of violence is unacceptable and does not represent the image that we want,” Saniora said in a televised address. Even before Friday’s bombing, the civil war in Syria had set off violence in Lebanon and deepened tensions between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad’s regime. The assassination has laid bare how vulnerable Lebanon is to
Smoke billows out of the chimneys at a Chinese state own PetroChina plant in Shenyang in northeast China’s Liaoning province Sunday Oct. 21.
underpin the party’s monopoly on power. Li Keqiang is the man in line to lead reforms as the next premier, China’s top economic official. Now a vice premier, Li is seen as a political insider with an easygoing style, not a hard-driving reformer. Along with the rest of the party’s Standing Committee, the ruling inner circle due to be installed in November, Li will govern by consensus, which could blunt their force. “They are under pressure to change the economy, but they will not demolish party control,” said Mao Yushi, an 83-year-old economist who is one of China’s most prominent reform advocates. He co-founded the Unirule Institute of Economics, an independent think tank in Beijing. Li showed his political skills but little zeal for reform as governor and later party
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The GOP is hoping the liberal vote will be split between Crawford and Schlag, who has received the endorsement of The Day of New London. “I think it’s pretty obvious that votes Melissa gets will be votes that I don’t get,” Crawford said. “She won’t be taking any votes away from the Republican.” Schlag said neither major party is representing the interests of the people, and that’s why she is in the race. “I’ve heard from so many people on the Democratic side that, ‘Oh I’m going to waste my vote if I vote for you,’” Schlag said. “My response has always been that a wasted vote is a vote not cast or a vote cast for someone you do not want.” Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said she expects her party to retain both Senate seats and said she would not be surprised Democrats adds a few to their majority. She points out that Republicans also are fighting to keep an open seat in the 30th District, where State Sen. Andrew Roraback has left to run for Congress. Democrat Bill Riska, of Winsted is facing state Rep. Clark Chapin of New Milford for that seat. Democrats also expect tight races in the 13th District, where Meriden councilwoman Dante Bartolomeo, a Democrat, is challenging incumbent Republican Len Suzio; and it the 34th District race between incumbent Republican state Sen. Leonard Fasano and popular former Democratic state Rep. Steven Fontana. DiNardo also dismissed Labriola’s assertion that voters will blame local Democrats for the poor economy.
secretary of populous Henan province in 1998-2004. His time there coincided with several fatal fires — including a Christmas Day blaze at a nightclub in 2000 that killed 309 people — and efforts by local officials to suppress information about the spread of AIDS by a blood-buying industry. Other officials were punished for the fires but Li emerged unscathed and rose to national office. “Li was known for not acting very aggressively in Henan, to put it charitably,” said Dali Yang, a University of Chicago political scientist. The man in line to become Communist Party leader and China’s president, Xi Jinping, has a similar reputation for successful inaction.
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renewed strife, threatening to shatter a fragile political balance struck after decades of civil strife — much of it linked to Syria. Sunday’s clashes erupted after the funeral for Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, who was killed along with his body guard by a Beirut car bomb on Friday. Al-Hassan, 47, was a powerful opponent of Syria in Lebanon. He was buried in Martyrs Square in downtown Beirut near former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, another anti-Syrian politician who was assassinated by a truck bomb in 2005. Syria denied any role in Hariri’s killing, but outrage in Lebanon expressed in massive street protests forced Damascus to withdraw its tens of thousands of troops from the country and end nearly 30 years of military and political domination of its smaller neighbor. The scene at Sunday’s funeral was faintly reminiscent of the huge, anti-Syria gatherings in 2005. But the crowd was far smaller than after Hariri’s death. More than 1,000 people walked about a quarter mile from the funeral site toward the stately, hilltop government headquarters. Only a few hundred clashed with the guards, tearing down metal barricades and hitting the guards with the sticks from their flags and placards.
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Bus tours through Lower Ninth Ward should continue
he New York Times recently reported that the city of New Orleans has banned bus tours of the hurricane-damaged Lower Ninth Ward, imposing in one case a fine of $150 on a tour company found to be operating in that neighborhood. The city’s motive for enforcing such a policy is obvious: to promote the city’s cultural and historical attractions and discourage a form of “disaster tourism” that profits from the sight of abandoned homes, breached levees and destroyed communities. For the few remaining residents of the Lower Ninth Ward, moreover, the city’s ban on disaster tours reinforces their right to privacy within their own neighborhood. New Orleans is cracking down on the tour companies that have shown little interest in contributing to the redevelopment of the city after the destruction and chaos wrought by the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding seven years ago. While we can sympathize with the desire for privacy and dignity of the remaining Lower Ninth Ward residents, the tours should go on. The city of New Orleans has no incentive to allow them to continue, though, and so they won’t. But to hide the appalling destruction that still remains from Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath would be to do a disservice to the public consciousness of this country. There should be much more outrage that a neighborhood in a major American city lies in ruins even seven years after the hurricane. Our failure to resurrect the neighborhood and the city as a whole, which remains depopulated, will surely be reflected upon by future generations as representing one of the darkest hours in American history. Another New York Times reporter, writing earlier this year, described the Lower Ninth Ward as “a dumping ground for many kinds of unwanted things…no longer resembling an urban or even suburban environment”. And we also cannot ignore the racial dimension of this tragedy. When Kanye West famously declared during a hurricane relief telethon in 2005 that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” he was correct in all but his choice of scapegoat. It is no secret that the sections of New Orleans that were speedily rebuilt after the flood were the white, commercial and touristy sections of the city. The Lower Ninth Ward, a mostly black, working-class neighborhood, has been left to languish in ruin and neglect. The post-Katrina New Orleans is an even more racially unequal and stratified place than it had been before. These uncomfortable facts must not be forgotten. That is why the tours should show to America, and to the world, the shameful state of a once-vibrant city, and hopefully inspire some shame. 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.
Newsweek and the myth of the death of print
ewsweek magazine has published its print edition every week since 1933. Last Thursday, it announced its last print edition will publish in December. Is this a reflection of print media in the modern era? Yes and no. But mostly no. Yes in the sense that, obviously, the Internet was not a factor 20 years ago and before. And yes in the sense that print media will never again be the biggest thing around like it was in a bygone era – much as radio will never again be the biggest thing around. By Jesse Rifkin But no in the Associate Commentary Editor sense that this predominantly reflects on Newsweek itself as opposed to the state of print media. Newsweek completely lost its way over the last few years, taking a sharp turn from respectable news to showcase of sensationalism and controversial covers. Would a trustworthy news source publish a magazine cover on “The 101 best places to eat in the world” featuring a woman opening her mouth to eat a long piece of food in an obvious insinuation of oral sex? Or their cover of the Commander-in-Chief with a rainbow colored halo over his head alongside the headline “The first gay President?” Contrast this with Time magazine, which has long played the role of Newsweek’s “older brother,” if you will. Time is also in some aspects a shadow
of its former self: for example, adding a regular humor column by Joel Stein to a magazine that formerly never would have considered such an item. But consider Kurt Andersen’s article “The Protestor” from last December as Time’s annual selection for Person of the Year. He spent two months traveling around the world nonstop working on this one story, with the result being perhaps the best journalistic article of last year. For all its faults, Time’s quality never sunk as low as Newsweek. And the results showed: while virtually no print publication actually gained circulation over the past decade, Newsweek dropped 52.2% percent since 2000, while since 1997 Time only dropped 19.5 percent. As a parallel, look at a similar situation from decades ago and closer to home: the Hartford Times ceased publication in 1976. Seemingly, if anything, the opposite should have happened. This was right after Watergate, when newspaper subscriptions increased. And this was during that great middle era, when television was already established and proven not to have killed the newspaper industry as once feared, but the Internet was still a ways off. So why did the Hartford Times fail? The answer is complex, but the biggest reason is simple: the newspaper lost its way. The Hartford Courant, which already did investigative reporting, doubled down on it during the immediate post-Watergate period. And, as occurred when capitalism works its magic, the Courant survived and the Times did not. As I see it, a comparable situation is what happened with Newsweek today. Is it partially the modern iPad, Internet, and smartphone environment? No doubt.
I am a print media aficionado, but facts are facts. However, there is also the critical factor that the quality of Newsweek, like the Hartford Times, started to drastically decline. In fact, historically speaking, this is a relatively decent time for print newspapers and magazines. Many other periods were far worse. Television in the 1950s likely came closer to killing the print industry than the Internet has thus far. If people could see the news occurring visually for free, so the reasoning went, then why would they only read about the news at a monetary cost? Yet the industry survived. And throughout the 1970s and 1980s, many major cities went from having two or three major newspapers to just one. In a free market, some businesses succeed and some businesses fail. That is simply the nature of things. Newsweek had a 79-year run and eventually it failed. In a perfect world, no company or product would ever go out of business and everyone would be happy. But are print newspapers and print magazines failing left and right? Since around 2000 or so, naysayers have said, “Just you see, this will be the year all print publications die!” And a few indeed have, Newsweek among them. But the death of print journalism is a myth. Some critics are quick to jump on the discontinuation of Newsweek as a sign of the death of print journalism. In fact, it is nothing more than the death of Newsweek.
Associate Commentary Editor Jesse Rifkin is a 5thsemester journalism and political science double major. He can be reached at Jesse.Rifkin@UConn.edu.
An allowable proposition: being a feminist in a dress UConn is going to have such a beautiful campus, whenever it is done being built. Is turning 20 the most meaningless birthday you can have or am I just being overdramatic that I’m still not 21? Listen, if you’re a cute old couple that has been in love for years and years, I don’t care about any PDA I see between you. But if I see one more freshman couple making out in the Union I’m going to throw my burrito at them. Yea, I think I’m going to do some homework tonight. What’s that? Wrestlemania is on? Well I guess I have a few dozen hours to spare... Girl are you a 90 degree angle? Cuz you lookin’ riiiiight! Dinosaurs, chivalry, and the UConn football running game. All things that are extinct. What a beautiful fall weekend. Back to real life I suppose. BRING IT ON MONDAY How many tweets do you have to send out before you are officially addicted to Twitter? I think I’ll tweet that question to my followers. Watching football gets me so pumped to get into shape. Then I try doing a few pushups and I’m sore until football comes on again next Sunday. Please tell me I’m not the only one who still sleeps with a teddy bear.
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t a recent dinner with some male friends, I was lightly teased about being a feminist; not because I was one, but because I didn’t exhibit the usual qualifications of feminism. While it was all in jest, the conversation stuck with me. I want to discuss the obligations society feels By Victoria Kallsen that I must Staff Columnist fulfill, and what stereotype I have to commit to, in order to be seen as a feminist. I, as a feminist, would have to strongly argue against Disney princesses and Barbie dolls, have some possible lesbian or masculine tendencies complete with a boyish hair-cut, a “no dresses period” policy, and so on. The misconception, sometimes held by the general public and sometimes even by other feminists, is that my feminism is not as valid if I don’t conform to this stereotype. Feminism takes many varied forms, some towards the extreme and some towards the less extreme. Unfortunately, the former is what is latched onto by media and the general public, allowing for backlash
against the entire movement and those feminists who aren’t the “norm.” Let’s clarify that feminism is a movement for women, and that women should not have to conform to the male sphere of characteristics in order to be considered acceptable. Feminism is defined here as an ideology that seeks to obtain equality for women. How one can advocate for that is a matter of opinion, but the methods of one fraction should not be judged by another. Certainly there are some that believe a strong feminist is a masculine one, but I want to challenge the belief that women have to act like men in order to be strong feminists or strong women–that being a woman is okay as long as it’s as close to being a man as possible. It allows people to judge me for arguing for my rights if I allow a boy to open the door for me or pay for our date. It prevents me from expressing an admiration of nail polish or shopping, because a real female activist isn’t like that. It stops me from being a feminist in a dress when really feminism should be a celebration of all it is to be feminine. Certainly there are women and feminists who have some
traditionally accepted masculine characteristics, but this shouldn’t impair the other side of the coin here. Feminism shouldn’t encourage or force women to be more like their male counterparts, when everything about being a woman is just awesome. I won’t make this article a discussion on why women are extraordinary (mostly because I might feel insulted to have to argue that) but on how feminism isn’t about pushing women to be more like men, but an acceptance of all the different characteristics of women. Being feminine shouldn’t be seen as a weakness; women shouldn’t feel that talking about their newest shoe acquisition makes them “delicate.” I want feminists to extol their feminine qualities. Instead of being proud of being female, women are often instructed to be more masculine in order to be accepted as a strong woman. This ties into two common arguments seen even from feminists–that I shouldn’t become a stay-at-home mom and that I should hate the Disney Princesses and Barbies for the mindset they give young girls about being pretty and wearing dresses. Because motherhood and these media representations of women involve child-
rearing, career rejection, glitter, love, and the ever dreaded pretty dresses, we couldn’t possibly believe that being or wanting any of these things is okay. While there are quite obvious flaws in the characterization of women we see in pop culture, and while I understand the resentment towards the traditional female role in the household, it’s a hurtful attack on feminists who do want to stay at home with their children and fall in love. Putting it together, being a woman and being a strong woman come in many different forms, from your overly girly cheerleaders to your tom-boy gamer girls. My request is to stop the fallacy that I have to be a tom-boy and act like a man in order to have a respected feminist opinion. As long as we as females want equality, who is to care how we go about asking or acting? Whether we let boys open doors for us or insist on paying for the first date, we are all strong women. So who cares if I wear a dress while being one? Staff Columnist Victoria Kallsen is a 3rd-semester mechanical engineering major. She can be reached at Victoria. Kallsen@UConn.edu.
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Congolese musicians shake up Jorgensen By Zarrin Ahmed Staff Writer People of all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens, danced along to Congolese music played by Staff Benda Bilili at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night. Staff Benda Bilili is a group of street musicians who used to play in Kinshasa, Congo. With rumba-based beats, vibrant vocals and tin-can guitar solos, the group has been impressing audiences and media all around the world. Coming from a city that holds more than 40,000 abandoned street kids, Staff Benda Bilili consists of many handicapped members. Assisted by a “hype man” on crutches who excites the crowd and an allacoustic rhythm section, four paraplegic singers/guitarists form the core of the band. In addition, a teenage prodigy who created his own onestring electric lute out of a tin can performs inimitable solos. All of these unique things put Staff Benda Bilili on the map when they toured Europe for the first time in 2009, promoting their debut album titled “Tres Tres Fort.” French filmmakers Florent de la Tullaye and Renaud Barret shot a film called “Benda Bilili” which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Gaining wordwide recognition, the band has toured Japan and Australia as well. They describe themselves as journalists of Kinshasa since their songs document and comment on events of everyday life in
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The Benda Bilili group had a lot of the Jorgensen theater dancing along to the Congalese beats this past Friday night. The street musicians originally from the Kinshsa, Congo consists of handicapped members playing a variety of instruments.
the Congo. One of their strongest messages is that the only real handicaps are not in the body but in the mind. The term Benda Bilili literally means “put forward what is hidden.” The band consisted of musicians Ricky Likabu, Coco Ngambali, Theo Nsituvuidi, Djunana Tanga-Seule, Zadis Mbulu Nzungu, Kabamba Kabose Kasungo, Paulin “Cavalier” Kiara-Maigi, Roger Landu, Cubain Kabeya and Randy Buda. They all walked out to their instruments and began playing while danc-
ing along to their music. Throughout the concert, all of the band members sang parts of songs, including drummer Buda. They’d highlight different soloists, share choruses and harmonies and emphasize the diversity of voices and talents they all had. Each song would start off with a single instrument whether it be drums, guitar or a voice. In the middle of one of their songs, the band stopped and slipped into an a cappella breakdown while encouraging audience members to stand up
and clap along. Only after the entire crowd was up and clapping did the band start the music up again, in harmony with the audience. It wasn’t long before the crowd got restless in their seats, swaying their bodies to the music. Audience members gradually began to get up from their seats and dance in place until a brave couple went up to the right side of the stage and began dancing. Soon after, people fled from their seats to join the movement on the “dance floor,” hardly leaving
any seats filled. They rocked out as if they were fans for years and didn’t sit down until the show was over. Landu, the teenage prodigy on his homemade electric lute, even went across the stage to show the crowd how to dance to Congalese music. After, he introduced each member of the band before their last song. The band received a standing ovation at the end of the show.
Debate moderating: a thankless job because of bitter campaign
NEW YORK (AP) — Beneath Bob Schieffer's Southern charm is the tough spine of someone used to dealing with politicians. The moderator of Monday's final presidential debate will need it, because it has been open season on the other journalists who have done that job this campaign. Thanks to a bitter campaign rivalry, thriving partisan media outlets and the growth of social media, debate moderator is approaching baseball umpire on the scale of thankless jobs. Jim Lehrer was criticized for not doing enough, Candy Crowley for doing too much and Martha Raddatz worked over about the wedding guest list for a marriage that ended more than a decade ago. Though not unanimously so, the barbs were usually partisan in nature. "There are millions of people with their hands over their keyboards ready to analyze every single moment of what's happening," said veteran TV journalist Jeff Greenfield. "That puts even more pressure on ... It's a no-win situation." Conservative columnist George Will called last week's get-together on Long Island the best presidential debate he's
ever seen. It didn't take long, however, for Republican Mitt Romney's supporters to go after CNN's Crowley. They said questions that she chose from undecided voters on immigration, gun control and equal pay for women played to President Barack Obama's strengths. They were incensed when Crowley, faced by two candidates in a dispute over what was said during a presidential address about Libya, corrected Romney by saying Obama had referred to an attack on Americans in Benghazi as an "act of terror." Crowley also noted that others in the administration suggested for nearly two weeks that the reaction to an anti-Muslim video was a motivating factor in the attack. Radio host Rush Limbaugh called Crowley's work "an act of journalistic terror." "If there were any journalistic standards, what she did last night would have been the equivalent of blowing up her career like a suicide bomber," he said. The conservative Media Research Center criticized Crowley for having only one
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Stand-ins for Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and President Barack Obama, right, run through a rehearsal with moderator Candy Crowley
question on a foreign policy issue, even though this Monday's Schieffer-moderated debate is supposed to focus on foreign policy. Thanks to a clock that airs on CNN's screen during the debate, some conservatives saw as a sign of bias that Obama spoke for 44 minutes, 4 seconds during the debate, compared to Romney's 40:50. This prompted CNN to count the actual words spoken by each candidate. The
faster-talking Romney said 7,984 words and Obama 7,506. Criticism of Crowley was a relentless post-debate topic on Fox News Channel, which knows CNN isn't popular among Republicans in its audience. Conservatives on Fox and liberals on MSNBC offer an echo chamber for partisan complaints and have far greater prominence than they had even a decade ago. "I knew from the start,"
Crowley told The Associated Press, "somebody is going to be unhappy no matter what you do." Crowley's bosses leapt to her defense: "She had to deal with the tricky format, the nervous questioners, the aggressive debaters, all while shutting out the pre-debate attempts to spin and intimidate her," CNN U.S. chief Mark Whitaker said in a memo to staff. "She pulled it off masterfully."
Professors display musical talents through playing classics
By Shirley Chen Campus Correspondent On Friday night, two professors from the music department, violinist Julie Rosenfeld and cellist Katie Schlaikjer, performed two contrasting solos and a native folk musicstyled duo in Von der Mehden. Entering the stage in a long black dress with dim golden flowers, Rosenfeld began her solo with musical grace. The piece she played was Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin in A Minor, BWV 1003 by J.S. Bach. She began the first movement with a strong two noted chord in a moderate tempo and ends the movement with a semi long pause. The second movement, Fuga, was played in a faster
tempo. Fuga is notoriously difficult to play and she played it so perfectly, said Samantha Goodale, 5th semester music major. It sounded like spoken words. Rosenfeld tuned the violin, closed her eyes, and got a deep breath before she began the 3rd movement. This emphasized gesture cued for an incredible 3rd movement. “I can tell she really enjoyed playing the 3rd movement, said Matt Belaud,” 3rd semester violin performance major. “I would have to say that it is actually my favorite part of her whole solo.” The difficulty of this movement lay in the movement of her bow moving back and forth while holding a note
with a pulse to it and playing a separate melody at the same time. It is almost like a duet on one instrument. The two voices are heard simultaneously. The movement was concluded with a beautiful slow dramatic ending. From there, Rosenfeld went right into Allegro with a completely different tone, different tempo change and different style. An echo effect was heard to help the listener focus on the music. It sounded like two violins having a conversation. The finale of her solo was indicated by the throwing of her bow up after she played her last strong chord. After her performance, Julie Rosenfeld gave a brief speech about the repertoire that she
chose to play that night. She said, Bach, at his most masterful stage, putting his work into a single instrument, was utter genius. She then gave an introduction of the repertoire that Schlaikjer was going to play. Schlaikjer entered the stage in a black shirt and pants with a long white cloak. She sat down, beginning her piece with strong low sounds that sounded like grieving sadness, consisting with mostly chords. Unlike Bach, Schlaikjers piece, Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello, Op 72 by Benjamin Britten, had no apparent melody. Her piece also consisted of many different techniques.
She played with long low vibratos, short steady staccatos, and quick pizzicatos. She hits the cellos strings with the wooden part of her bow for a jumpy effect. The high notes that she played had a vivid ringing sound that filled the room. Most of this piece sounded very suspenseful. The central theme was heard throughout the song. The duet was entirely different than both pieces. The native folk music-styled piece brought the best of two worlds together. They started out strong and ended strong, as they felt more involved in the piece.
Do you ever feel like if you kept track of what you ate, how many calories you consumed and approximately how many you lost while exercising, then you would eat less? True, it works based only on the sole notion of guilt, but tracking your diet significantly helps dieters lose weight. If this is something that interests you, perhaps you should try downloading the free smart phone app, Lose It! Lose It! helps users create a weekly calorie budget, and aims to keep users within their limitations by creating a diet and exercise log. I know this app may seem redundant; after all, how many diet and app websites are out there these days? Too many. But Lose It! stands out. It was created after the U.S. Surgeon General challenged app developers to come up with an app that would “provide tailored health information and empower users to engage in and enjoy healthy behavior.” Lose It! was the salient victor. According to the website, 99 percent of users lost weight in a span of four weeks. In fact, the average user loses around 12.3 pounds with continual use in those four short weeks. Once downloaded, the app will ask for some personal information: how much you weigh, how many pounds a week you hope to lose each week, your age, height, etc. It will then calculate a comprehensive diet log tailored to your information. You can either scan the item’s barcode to find the nutritional facts, search it by restaurant or grocery store or just manually insert the information. Lose It! is unique in that it has even the smallest of brand names stored in its data base. In addition, you can estimate how many calories you lose while exercising based on your weight. Just plug in your workout and specify the intensity and duration of your workout. Sure, it may not be perfectly accurate, but it will be a close approximation. If you go over your weekly budget, exercise can help limit the excess. But it also helps that calories can roll over. For example, let’s say you ate less than your budget allows on Monday, so on Tuesday you have the ability to use those left over calories if you, let’s say, have a sweet tooth. But nothing beats that triumphant feeling of knowing you ate less than your Lose It! budget will allow. Lose It! or similar apps are not for everyone. But for those who are as terrified as me of gaining those winter pounds, it is a nice app to experiment with. But be prepared, these apps sometimes expose the regrettably unhealthful secrets behind our favorite snacks.
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1. Sunday Night Football (NBC) - 7.7 2. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick (NBC) - 5.9 3. Modern Family (ABC) - 4.9 4. Voice (NBC) - 4.8 5. Modern Family (ABC) - 4.8 6. Football NT America PT3 4.5 7. Voice-Tue (NBC) - 4.5 8. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - 4.5 9. The OT (FOX) - 4.4 10. Two and Half Men (CBS) - 3.5 Ratings from TVbytheNumbers.com Week ending October 16
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No more mister nice guy, just gangster
Limited stories leads to dangers in news coverage By Alex Sferrazza Campus Correspondent
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‘Boardwalk Empire’ continues into the season with a focus on Nucky and how he has developed into a true gangster. Despite his previous attitude about family and loyalty, Nucky has changed his personal views with a better focus on business.
By Maurilio Amorim Campus Correspondent Most of the time, killing off the main character of a show is something both unthinkable and unforgivable. However, in the season two finale of “Boardwalk Empire,” the unthinkable and unforgivable happened. Everyone’s favorite character, Jimmy, was killed off. Great way to end a season. I was wondering what could possibly happen now that Jimmy’s dead. Now, it’s all about Nucky and while many viewers were unsure of what the new season would bring, any reservations about the direction of the show have been proven unnecessary. We first saw conflict arise between Nucky and Jimmy in the first episode of season two when Jimmy tells Nucky, “Times are changing, you can’t be half a gangster anymore.” Throughout the first two seasons, we saw Nucky try his
hardest to be “half a gangster” The new character in Season and still keep his hands clean. 3 is Gyp Rozzetti, a belligerIronically, the harder he tried ent sociopath who beats men to distance himself from offi- to a pulp just for looking at cial involvement, the more of him the wrong way. He has a gangster he became. We saw some weird sexual fetishes Nucky finally become that full we’ve seen emphasize just how gangster when he shot Jimmy messed up this guy is. Rozzetti in the head, telling him, “You is starting an all-out war and never knew me.” Season three only looking out for himself. focuses on Nucky’s develop- He’s protected, so he’s crossing ment and internal conflict. He’s and stepping over everybody to at odds with his wife, even try and make himself the man though he was once in charge. Rozzetti’s very much in love is interestBoardwalk Empire character with her. He hates ing, but he’s only as HBO just about everya foil to Nucky and Sunday 9 p.m. body and no longer to progress the plot. places loyalty and Rozetti is similar to family over busiNucky, only Nucky ness. The first time is in control of himwe see Nucky this self. Rozzetti is a man season, he is interwho knows what he rogating someone who stole is; he enjoys violence and being from one of his warehouses and a gangster. Nucky is the man has the guy shot. Would the first who, even as he becomes worse season’s Nucky have participat- and worse, holds himself up ed in such kinds of dirty work? as an important man who does No. So what has changed? He’s only what he must. Rozzetti is a full gangster now. Nucky off of a leash.
We’ve seen about half of this season so far and it’s been pretty slow. However, things are picking up and we’re getting a lot of character development, but there’s still not much going on. The last episode we see a plan to kill Rozzetti fail, which will no doubt start a war. The show is getting intense. What really makes “Boardwalk Empire” one of the greatest shows on television right now is the acting. Every character is so well done and over the top that you can’t help but love or hate them in extremity. You have no problem believing they’re real people. Season three of “Boardwalk Empire” is just beginning, but I’m sure the rest of the season is going to be just as insane as the second half of season two. “Boardwalk Empire” has never been a show to let its viewers down.
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What I’m Watching Raising Hope Underrated: FOX Tuesday 8 p.m. After a one night stand with a serial killer who was later executed in prison, Jimmy Chance is left with baby Hope. This concept alone can have almost anyone curious to know how Jimmy ended up in this situation. The show is bizarre with his insane family that can’t seem to keep it together and somehow end up in ridiculously funny situations that will leave you scratching your heads. With the new baby in the house things seem to have gotten more chaotic as Jimmy tries his best to raise her while dealing with his family’s nuisance. It doesn’t help that his own parents didn’t exactly do the greatest job raising Jimmy. Their blunt expressions and depending on the day good or bad advice on how to raise Hope will certainly leave you in awe. If that isn’t enough their batty grandmother will keep you entertained with the silly things she thinks of or says and her obsession with candy as well. -Loumarie Rodriguez
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Many questions are still left unanswered in this season’s ‘Gossip Girl’ however many characters continue with the daily turmoil that plagues their lives in the Upper East Side. So far the sixth season has been a disappointment with lack of excitement.
By Kathleen McWilliams Staff Writer It appears that everyone’s guilty pleasure has reappeared on primetime television. That’s right; ‘Gossip Girl’ is back for the season. I use the term season liberally, given the fact that this last season, the 6th to be Blair Waldorf-ishly precise, will only last until Christmas time. That said, the season is off to a rocky start with loads of unanswered questions and seemingly redundant and mediocre drama. The fifth season ended on an ironically high note, given that every character was in the midst of some kind of turmoil. Serena exited the season on a public train sitting next to a disreputable character and a vial of Rohypnol being waved under her nose. Blair and Chuck had one last tryst before the curtains closed, while Dan and Georgina flew off to Italy
intent on writing Dan’s much his book project to be directed needed second novel and expose by a no good, annoying and just of the Upper East Side. Nate on plain boring Georgina Sparks. the other hand, struggled to keep Nate starts a whirlwind romance his company afloat after every with a mysterious Times reporter, single one of his financial sup- Sage and seems to have finally ports backed out on him, while found happiness, while Rufus and Lola Rhodes and Ivy Lilly split up for good Dickens promised to and Bart Bass moves Gossip Girl take down Lilly Bass. back into the Bass The CW Oh, and did I mention penthouse. Serena is Monday 8 p.m. Bart Bass isn’t dead, noticeably absent and but very much alive is decided to be missand with more secrets ing after everyone than ever. realizes that there’s With a dramatic been no communicaand promising end to the fifth tion with her in months. The gang season, the sixth season has come reunites for a wild search party, so far as a disappointment. The only to find Serena, restarting her first episode was destined to be life under the alias, Sabrina. This as juicy as the previous finale, anticlimactic end to the episode but sadly disappointed. Blair and proved disappointing and the secChuck decide to wait for each ond episode followed suit. other and the perfect moment in It is revealed that Rufus and a tepid resolution of their pas- Ivy are having an affair, which is sionate romance, and Dan allows borderline disgusting and seems
to be a device used to keep the drama alive instead of contributing to the story line. Chuck enlists the help of one of his father’s former lovers to figure out why his father faked his death and what else he might be hiding, and Nate finds out that his new girlfriend is Serena’s boyfriend’s daughter. How exciting. The twists and turns might be dramatic, but they are no longer interesting. Instead, these first two episodes have provided a lot of material, but no substance. There are no explanations for how Serena spent her summer, what Ivy and Lola have planned for Lilly, and what on earth is going on between Bart and Chuck Bass. Hopefully, the next few episodes explode with drama and excitement, or else I might start hoping for December to come sooner.
With the next United States presidential election mere weeks away, viewers (and more importantly voters) will be turning their attention towards political news far more frequently than they typically do. While major election coverage such as the debates are also covered by the major networks’ respective news teams, those who want more information on the election at all times of the day will undoubtedly be turning to cable news for an extra helping of election coverage. “Cable news” has largely become an outdated term. While some programming remains true to classic journalism, the concept of “news” has been largely overshadowed by the rise of the 24-hour news cycle. As there are simply not enough stories to fill a full day of airtime, stations find ways to ensure ratings such as pundit filled political commentary. The dangers of this type of coverage are numerous but nonetheless the practice continues because most obtain profitable ratings. Liberals view programs where the Republican Party is constantly being ripped and bashed just as those with conservative tendencies view the Democratic Party being ripped and bashed. Though there are many news channels, two have earned reputations of bias. Frequently, programs on MSNBC are accused of having a liberal bias against Republicans, while most Democrats, who see Fox News Channel’s coverage as favorable to conservatives, laugh off the network’s emphasis on “fair and balanced” stories. The truth is that both Fox News and MSNBC are equally guilty of the same type of bias, despite being on opposite ends of the political spectrum. There is great danger to be had when either network’s respective bases are tuned into a show whose coverage largely skews toward a particular viewpoint. For so long as these networks decide to promote a single ideology rather than doing their journalistic duty to present each viewpoint equally and from a nonbiased perspective, viewers will remain closed minded to any other opinion. Furthermore, preaching to the choir leaves the viewer uninformed which is very dangerous as voters may make decisions with a skewed knowledge of the facts. This danger is multiplied when undecided voters tune into these stations. They are being presented a viewpoint that is slanted, in turn hurting the Democratic process with uninformed voters. CNN, the first of the major cable news channels, may also be guilty of slight bias as well in some of their pundits but compared to its two major counter parts, it remains generally neutral enough to declare it the best choice for viewing cable news election coverage. However, the station’s major reporting errors must be noted; for instance, on June 28, they incorrectly reported that President Obama’s controversial health care mandate was struck down by the Supreme Court, misreading the decision. In the end, there is nothing wrong with viewing any network’s coverage, biased or not, so long as it is not one’s sole source of information on the election. The danger occurs when one’s only information comes from a single channel or source. Be an informed voter and responsibly participate in the Democratic process.
Monday, October 22, 2012
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Hopeless humor plagues the Sunny gang
Movie explores sexuality; loses meaning with poor plot lines and camera work By Tyler Dunn Campus Correspondent
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Starting off with dark humor ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ continued into its usual inappropriate situations such as ‘The Final Solution’ of Pop-Pop who is currently on life support. Meanwhile the show still has its moments with the gang’s usual hopeless humor.
By Tyler Dunn Campus Correspondent “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” continued off of last season’s trend, opening with one of the darker sketches in the series while still managing to be funny. The series premiere was exactly what fans of the FX comedy have to come to expect as it starts its eighth season; borderline or completely inappropriate situations, where the gang can be as terrible as they desire. Dee and Dennis’ “PopPop” is on life support in “PopPop: The Final Solution,” and the decision for his future has now been cast in their hands. The decision seems easy at first as “Pop-Pop” is a former Nazi, but things complicate when they find out he may or may not be sitting on a large fortune: the only surviving painting from Adolf Hitler’s collection. Dee and Dennis act as depraved as possible from the get-go to get the painting, even-
tually degrading until they’re ing someone’s appointment to perusing a pound to find its cut- install braces. Fans of the series est dog, which they want to put should enjoy this episode, but down to simulate the experience anyone unfamiliar with Sunny’s of pulling the plug. They don’t dark, hopeless humor might find go through with it, but it’s still it too much to handle. sociopathic stuff. “The Gang Recycles Their Not that this is Trash,” the second a surprise. This is of season It’s Always Sunny in episode a show that basi8, was an interestPhiladelphia cally said outright ing collaboration of FX that one of their past jokes and epiThursday 10 p.m. main characters sode plots. They litis a psychopathic erally “recycle” old rapist. Maybe scenes and gags and not explicitly, but mash them together when wide-eyed in a reinvention of a Dennis manically typical unsuccesscalls zip-ties his “tools,” some ful, unrealistic scheme by the questions come up. gang. The cold introduction Either way, if you can stomach has Dee asking the rest of the the harsh nature of the comedy, guys repeatedly, “this doesn’t the episode has its moments. all sound familiar to you guys?” Charlie and Mac’s search for It should. There’s so many the painting was a hilarious sub- connections to past episodes, plot. Charlie’s quick decision- there are too many to list and refmaking makes for interesting erence in a few-hundred-word “wild-card” scenarios, whether article. That’s looking past the he’s eating month-old soup fact the whole episode mirrors (“You see free soup, you make the season 4 episode “The Gang a decision to eat it!”) or steal- Solves the Gas Crisis.” Within
the parallel are dozens of old jokes; avid watchers of the show will enjoy the constant reference to past episodes and subtle inclusion of lines already used. That’s only for avid viewers; anyone just tuning in to the series might find this episode fairly confusing. Even the most fervent of fans might have a hard time keeping up with the switching of character roles— Dee’s Dennis-like monologue is a good example. If you’re one of the “Always Sunny” cult followers, the recycled jokes and plotlines should provide a great source of entertainment. Any newcomers might be turned off by the dark nature but should still be able to find humor in the one-liners and ignorant social commentary. All in all, it isn’t the greatest start for “Always Sunny,” but the gang’s dynamic in these episodes hints at something positive for the rest of the season.
The Rainbow Center’s weekly Saturday film featured “Eden’s Curve,” a movie based on the true events of a college freshman exploring his sexuality in a tumultuous environment. The Rainbow Center’s weekly screening is an effort to portray the various LGBT issues facing young adults in modern times. “Eden’s Curve” does just that, showing the societal injustice faced by a homosexual young man in the early seventies. Peter is a freshman and fraternity member at an all male southern university who begins exploring his sexuality through a ménage-a-trois with his roommate and roommate’s girlfriend. Complications quickly arise as Peter discovers that the union of three may not be as playful as he initially thought. He eventually finds his true feelings, finding love with his English professor, but the happiness is short lived. The relationship is cut short as bigotry and misunderstanding result in them being split apart—a reality Ian cannot live with as he takes his own life. Peter’s story is one of suffering without victory. It hits an unsettling and depressing note early and stays there. One can’t help but feel compassion toward the emotionally battered lead character. Most characters’ actions seem so selfishly driven that it’s hard for the young man to get a hold on any substantial relationship. His roommate’s actions are nearly masochistic while the fraternity’s hardly worried
about anything outside of their image. This movie would have benefited greatly from some sort of happiness, a resonating triumph, but the tone hardly strays from negativity. While the message is poignant, the execution was terrible. The cinematography was a disaster, sub-par even for a low budget film. The plot was convoluted, and the central issue was presented choppily and inconsistently. Many of the characters held confusing roles or held no role at all, serving to portray facets of society that they didn’t adequately represent. “A lot of the character’s motivations were poorly explored, or not even there,” said Eric Greenlaw, a fifth-semester junior, in the post-movie discussion. The general consensus of the audience was that the movie was poorly done, but highlighted important issues facing LGBT teens in the early seventies and even today. “It felt like a bad student film. It came out in 2003, but it felt a lot earlier than that,” said Greenlaw. Many of the cut scenes were blurry from a shaking camera that occasionally distorted the frame. The story was lost on most of the audience, as most of the discussion centered on determining what actually happened. The events were clearly described, but the connection and relevance between the various scenes was lost in translation. “See, if you came at the beginning you still wouldn’t get much,” said Greenlaw.
Box-office activity slows for ‘Paranormal Activity’ Phenomenon
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‘Paranormal Activity 4’ still draws people to theaters despite the franchise beginning to fizzle. The film debuted at No. 1 in theaters this past weekend despite the fact its revenues has dropped compared to previous installments.
Scary movie fans are still into “Paranormal Activity,” though the horror franchise looks as though it’s starting to run out of steam at the box office. Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 4” debuted at No. 1 with $30.2 million, a big drop from the $40 million and $50 million opening weekends of the
last two installments, according to studio estimates Sunday. Perpetual hit maker Tyler Perry failed to find an audience for his new persona as an ace crime solver. Summit Entertainment’s “Alex Cross,” starring Perry as author James Patterson’s brilliant criminal profiler, was a dud, opening at
No. 5 with $11.8 million. Perry has written, directed and starred in a string of hits featuring his sassy grandma Madea, which mostly have had opening weekends two and three times bigger than that of “Alex Cross.” Fans didn’t buy into Perry as the title character, who goes up against a diabolical serial killer.
“He’s become so identified and so successful with the Madea franchise that when he steps outside of that, it doesn’t necessarily follow that the audience is going along with him,” said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com. “It’s fun for him to stretch out a little bit, but it didn’t really pay off.”
Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage tale “Argo” held up well in its second weekend, remaining at No. 2 with $16.6 million, dropping just 15 percent from its debut. Big studio releases often drop 50 percent or more in subsequent weekends, but “Argo” has proven a hit with critics and audiences alike, earning Academy Awards buzz and strong word of mouth that should give it a long run at theaters. Affleck, who also directed “Argo,” plays a CIA specialist who concocts a wild plan to rescue six Americans hiding in Tehran after the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy there. Released by Warner Bros., “Argo” raised its domestic total to $43.2 million. Liam Neeson’s action sequel “Taken 2,” which had been No. 1 the previous two weekends, slipped to fourth place with $13.4 million, lifting the 20th Century Fox release’s domestic haul to $106 million. Adam Sandler’s animated hit “Hotel Transylvania,” from Sony Pictures, also held up well at No. 3 with $13.5 million, pushing its domestic earnings to $119 million. While domestic revenues were way down for the fourth “Paranormal Activity” flick, the franchise remains a big moneymaker for distributor Paramount. “Paranormal Activity 4” was produced on a tiny budget of $5 million, continuing the franchise’s trend of turning minimal investments into tidy profits. “For us, the focus is always, what are these movies made for and how profitable are they? Within Paramount, it’s a colossal success,” said Don Harris, the studio’s head of distribution. “A $5 million movie that has an opening weekend of over $30 million, it’s really kind of irrelevant what No. 2 or No. 3 did. The movies really stand on their own.” Overseas, “Paranormal Activity 4” had a good start with $26.5 million in 33 countries, giving it a worldwide total of $56.7 million. In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s acclaimed drama “The Sessions” did solid business, opening with $121,005 in
four theaters in New York City and Los Angeles, for a healthy average of $30,251 a cinema. By comparison, “Paranormal Activity 4” averaged $8,851 in 3,412 theaters. “The Sessions” stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt in the true-life story of a man, paralyzed by polio and stuck in an iron lung most of his life, who hires a sexual surrogate so he can lose his virginity. The film expands to more cities over the next month. While “Paranormal Activity 4” fell short of the franchise’s third installment, which opened over the same weekend last year, overall Hollywood revenues continued to rise after a late-summer slump. Strong holdovers such as “Argo,” ‘’Hotel Transylvania” and “Taken 2” made the difference, with domestic business totaling $131 million, up 8 percent from the same weekend a year ago, according to Hollywood.com. Revenues were up for the fourth-straight weekend. “Last year, the box office was so top-heavy with ‘Paranormal Activity 3,’ and the rest of the films really underperformed,” Dergarabedian said. “This year, we have a much more balanced lineup.” Estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. 1. “Paranormal Activity 4,” $30.2 million ($26.5 million international). 2. “Argo,” $16.6 million ($1.2 million international). 3. “Hotel Transylvania,” $13.5 million ($14.5 million international). 4. “Taken 2,” $13.4 million ($23.6 million international). 5. “Alex Cross,” $11.8 million. 6. “Sinister,” $9 million ($2.3 million international). 7. “Here Comes the Boom,” $8.5 million. 8. “Pitch Perfect,” $7 million ($320,000 international). 9. “Frankenweenie,” $4.4 million ($4.1 million international). 10. “Looper,” $4.2 million
Monday, October 22, 2012
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PHOTO OF THE DAY
COMICS Procrastination Animation by Michael McKiernan
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The newly renovated Floriculture building on campus provided a scenic view for passersby this weekend.
Bonus Procrastination Animation by Michael McKiernan Fuzzy and Sleepy by Matt Silber
Vegetables and Fruit by Tom Bachant and Gavin Palmer
Horoscopes Aries (Mar. 21-April 19) -- Today is an 8 -- Launch a new project soon. Your work is inspired. Dream big and reinvent your goals. Friends assist you in clarifying an issue. Listen
by Brian Ingmanson
for how to finance it. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is an 8 -- A formidable barrier lies ahead. Proceed with caution. It’s probably worth going for it (even if it requires several attempts to get it right). Follow your heart. Gemini (May 21-June 20) -- Today is an 8 -- Social expenses are higher than expected. Your imagination compensates for any shortcomings. You’ve got love in great abundance. Take advantage of a rare opportunity. Independent study profits. Cancer (June 21-July 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Boost your relationship with playfulness. You can have fun without spending much. Get involved with your list of fascinating things to learn about. Explore and bring Beginner’s Mind. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is an 8 -- Reduce the chance of error by decreasing distractions. Spend more time with your partner the next few days. Cooperation and listening are key. Consider all possibilities. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -Continue to decrease stress by crossing stuff off your personal to-do list (start with things you’ll never do anyway). Delegate. Then concentrate on exciting new assignments. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 9 -- Stand firm for what you know is right. Set long-term goals with your sweetheart. Be gracious (especially when right). Postpone travel, if possible. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 9 -- Continue to question long-held plans, and find what’s needed at home. Your imagination can
take you farther. Friends help you solve philosophical problems. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is an 8 -- Work may interfere with play, or vice versa. See how to combine the two. You learn and earn more when you’re having fun. A good study phase begins. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- You’re about to find out more than you wanted to know. Your limits are being tested, but you can handle everything coming at you. Just prioritize the most important tasks. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 -- Don’t give up. There’s more to it than meets the eye. Your undivided attention helps clear the blockage. Tell the truth about something that’s lost value. Continue to increase your authority. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- New understanding comes in time to make changes for the better. Don’t get stuck in an upset ... there’s no cheese down that tunnel. Meditate in seclusion.
Monday, October 22, 2012
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UConn finishes season with dramatic win
By Peter Logue Staff Writer
The UConn women’s soccer team’s regular season drew to a remarkable close on Saturday night when senior Linda Ruutu scored the game-winning goal with only one second remaining in double overtime, giving the Huskies a 3-2 win over Providence on Senior Night at Morrone Stadium. With the victory, UConn clinched the #4 seed in the American Division of the Big East and a home playoff game on Thursday. Entering the game, UConn had been 0-3-1 in their last four games. Emotions were running high after the eight UConn seniors were honored for their contributions to the program before the game, and the Huskies came out of the gate with energy. However, Providence would strike first in the 22nd minute, Allison Walton split three UConn defenders and buried a sliding
shot from the top of the penalty box, narrowly evading the diving hands of UConn goalie, Jessica Montrose. This was only the second goal in the previous seven outings for the Friars, a stretch in which they went 1-6. UConn would battle back and equalize on a beautiful goal only four minutes later. A lead pass by Danielle Schulmann to Andrea Plucenik set up a cross in front of the goal, where Jennifer Skogerboe emerged from the crowd to one-time the ball into the back of the net to equalize the score at 1-1. The remainder of the half turned tense, with several serious tie-ups in the middle of the field and players of both sides showing frustration at the lack of interference from the referees. “This was an especially physical game,” said Ruutu. “This time of the year pretty much every game is like a tournament game.” After the break, Skogerbee connected for her second goal of the game in the 56th minute when her shot from the top
of the box hit off the goalie’s hands and trickled across the line, despite the efforts of several Friars defenders. The goal was Skogerbee’s sixth of the year and gave the Huskies a 2-1 advantage. Providence nearly equalized the game on a challenging corner kick with 32:30 remaining. With players from both sides leaping in attempt to get a head of the ball, Montrose snatched the ball out of the air and quickly launched an overhead throw up the field, eliminating any possible scoring threat. However, she was unable to stop Providence’s Courtney MacGuire from scoring on an unassisted goal from twenty yards out to equalize the game with eight minutes remaining, and the teams headed into overtime. Neither team was able to muster a serious threat in the first overtime period, and with the clock winding down in the second period it appeared that both teams were going to have to settle for a draw. However, Ruutu
Pigot wins two
By Erica Brancato Campus Correspondent The UConn women’s swimming and diving team opened up the season with a win against Fordham and Bucknell. The Huskies beat Fordham by a 164.5-125.5 score and Bucknell by a 186.5-113.5 score. The women won a total of eight events throughout the meet. Captains Jordan Bowen, Mary DeMarrais and Kate O’Leary along with the other seniors helped keep the momentum up and lead the team to their first victory of the 2012-2013 season. Sophomore Chinyere Pigot, who not only swam in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games for her home country, Suriname,
but was also selected to carry her nations flag in the 2012 opening ceremonies, had a great start to the season. In the meet on Saturday, she won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle swim with a time of 24.12 and 52.37, adding to her already decorated record. The promising diver and record holder, Danielle Cecco, also had a successful meet, winning both the three-meter and one-meter diving events. Scoring 299.40 points for the three-meter and 300.75 points for the one-meter, Cecco proves to be a dominant force to help the Huskies overall win. Captain and school record holder of four individual events, Jordan Bowen came out on top in both the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:07.28 and 1000-
had other ideas. “I was open and I asked for it and [Danielle Dakin] gave it to me,” said Ruutu, who beat the clock from twenty-four yards out. “I knew there were only a few seconds left so I just shot it as fast as I could and it went in.” The win was head Coach Len Tsantiris’ 499th of his career, and he was proud of the way that his team persevered through a physical game. “We fought for everything,” said Tsantiris. “That is the mark of a good team, when things don’t work and you fight. We have good quality players and eventually they are going to do something, like Linda did.” Although the Huskies did not need to win to qualify for the tournament, it does enable home field advantage and a sense of confidence going into Thurday night’s contest with Rutgers. “It means a lot,” said Ruutu. “Even if it doesn’t boost our seed it boosts our confidence a lot.”
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A UConn soccer player advances the ball down the field in a recent game at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
NHL lockout enters its 37th day
yard freestyle with a time of 10:24.52. Newcomer freshman Laura Hyland has been a great addition to the Huskies team. In her first collegiate meet, she won both the 100 and 200meter breaststroke. The England native scored a time of 1:07.04 on the 100-meter and 2:24.29 in the 200-meter. The women’s swimming and diving team has shown great potential for a successful 20122013 season. With the senior veterans and the commanding underclassmen, the team is set up for a phenomenal season. The Huskies will be put to the test on Friday when they travel to West Point, New York.
NEW YORK (AP) — While the NHL and the players' association are keeping the lines of communication open, they don't seem to be moving any closer to getting back to the bargaining table. For the second straight day, representatives on both sides of the lockout had telephone conversations Sunday. None of those talks have yet led to concrete negotiations that could lead to an elusive collective bargaining agreement and get the delayed hockey season
withstood numerous hits from Orange defenders and also stood up well to critical media postgame. “We just didn’t do a lot of things well,” Whitmer said. “They got out front early, and it was tough to fight back. We didn’t do what we expected to do.” The redshirt sophomore signal caller faced pressure from the Syracuse defense all night as the Orange deviated from their normal tendencies and blitzed constantly. One of the aggressive play calls paid off rather early as the defense forced a fumble out of Whitmer’s hands in the second quarter. The turnover set up the first Syracuse touchdown drive of the contest, which pushed the score to 13-3. UConn responded offensively with a three-and-out, but on their next possession scored their only touchdown of the game. Following completions to Shakim Phillps and Michael Smith on short slant routes, the Huskies moved further upfield via a short run by McCombs and 15-yard defensive pass interference penalty. Set up with a first-and-10 from the Orange 32 yardline, Whitmer connected with a wide-open Ryan Griffin who jogged into the end zone for his fourth score on the season.
going. "We had a conference call today to answer some of their questions," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday. "No bargaining. And no bargaining meetings scheduled." Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr also had discussions on Saturday. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr didn't take part in Sunday's conference call, Daly
said. The lockout entered its 36th day Sunday. Both sides said they made proposals this week that could provide the basis for an agreement. "There are multiple frameworks for a deal on the table," Steve Fehr said Sunday. "We gave them three good ones on Thursday. Each moves toward a 50-50 split of (hockey-related revenue) that the league wants. Each allows the contracts in place to be honored.
Defense has issues stoping third and long in road loss from BEATEN, page 12
Griffin finished as the leading Husky receiver with six catches for 72 yards. However, Syracuse answered with a touchdown on their ensuing possession and doubled up the Huskies at halftime, 20-10. Wide receiver Alec Lemon reeled in a 41-yard completion as intermission neared, allowing Nassib to find tight end Beckett Wales in the end zone two plays later. After taking the kickoff to open the second half, the Orange followed a familiar script to push their lead to 17. Three consecutive runs combined with a 10-yard holding penalty put Syracuse up against a third-and-seven from their own 28 yardline. With plenty of time in the pocket, Nassib located Lemon again and he raced 68 yards thanks to a busted UConn coverage. Back-up defensive back Andrew Adams caught Lemon from behind, only to watch running back Prince-Tyson Gulley punch the ball in for a touchdown on the next play. Conversions by the Orange on third-and-long plays were a problem for UConn all night, as the home team finished 8-15 overall on third downs. Head coach Paul Pasqualoni did not have any clue this kind of result was coming in his return to the university where he was a
head coach for 13 years. “I felt like we had a good week of practice,” Pasqualoni said. “I thought we had a good week of preparation; thought we were ready to play. We just did not play nearly well enough on either side of the ball.” Syracuse continued to run the ball at will against the Huskies by outflanking their defensive ends that consisted mostly of back-ups and converted defensive tackles. This was evidenced no better on the final Orange drive of the night, when third string running back Ashton Broyld recorded seven consecutive runs of five yards or more. By then, Syracuse had already climbed to a 40-10 lead and later sealed the deal on a Shamarko Thomas interception as the game clock ticked under a minute remaining. The Huskies return to the gridiron in two weeks when they travel to Tampa, Florida to take on another bottom dweller of the Big East, South Florida (2-5, 0-3). UConn will be without starting right guard Adam Masters, who sustained a left ankle injury in the first quarter Friday and will be out for the season. The Bulls lost to undefeated No. 16 Louisville on the road last Saturday after a lastminute touchdown pass, 27-25.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
Huskies sink Fordham and Bucknell in first meet By Kyle Constable Campus Correspondent In their first meet of the year, the UConn men's swimming and diving team defeated Fordham and Bucknell in dual competition. This Saturday, the Huskies hosted the Fordham Rams and the Bucknell Bison in a round robin series of dual competitions. Over the course of the afternoon, all three teams competed with each other one-on-one, and the Huskies came out victorious in both of their meets. In their first competition, UConn handedly defeated Fordham with a score of 191-105. Advancing to their second competition, UConn continued their success with a 175-125 score over Bucknell. “I thought we had a pretty solid start to our season Saturday,” said senior Sean Cooke. “The first meet is always tough because it's
hard mentally transitioning from training to racing but we stepped up and had some quality swims.” The Huskies saw strong performances from many members of the team in every event in which they competed. Senior Kyungsoo Yoon had the most successful day of anyone on the team, winning in four of his events including a 29.81 second finish in the 50-yard freestyle and a 47.04 second finish in the 1000-yard freestyle. Yoon was also an integral part of the two winning medley relay wins. In addition, junior Keith Piper and sophomore Lachezar Shumkov had impressive performances in the two dual meets. Piper won the 100-yard backstroke and competed on the winning medley and freestyle relay teams. Shumkov finished first in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke, and also participated in the winning 200-yard medley relay. Cook described the
freshman class’s performance in the meets as “strong” this weekend, which rounded off what turned out to be a successful weekend for the whole team. “Bucknell and Fordham have some strong athletes that gave us tight races, which made for an exciting start to the year,” said Cook. “Our freshman class is very strong and is going to be a great addition to our solid core lineup of upperclassmen.” Last week, 25-year veteran coach Bob Goldberg made the statement that this year’s squad could be one of the best swimming and diving teams ever to compete at UConn. So far, they are certainly on track to make a big splash this season. “After our strong performance yesterday we recognize that we have the potential to do big things this year,” said Cook. “If we stay focused and driven we should be very successful this season.”
In the Bucknell-Fordham dual meet that also took place over the weekend, the Bison came out victorious, defeating the Rams respectably with a score of 179-120. Bucknell’s runner-up competitors against UConn were more than enough to give them the edge over Fordham. In the end, this gave the Huskies a 2-0 record on the weekend while the Bison walked away 1-1 and the Rams 0-2. The Huskies had a solid performance to kick off the season and hope to continue their success in a dual meet with Army to be hosted in West Point, N.Y. this Friday, starting at 6 p.m. The meet with Army will kick off the team’s extensive road schedule for the season. The Huskies will not compete again at home until late January when they host Seton Hall in UConn’s Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.
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UConn swimmer Joe Glowacki propel's himself forward in the first swim meet of the season at the Wolff-Zackin Natatorium.
Women's hockey wins first game of the season By Scott Carroll Campus Correspondent
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UConn's Kayla Campero fights for the puck in a game last year at the Mark Edward Freitas Ice Forum. Campero scored the game winning goal in overtime to give UConn the win.
The UConn women’s hockey team picked up their first win of the season against the Maine Black Bears this Saturday in an overtime thriller. The Huskies split two games against the Black Bears, the first game being won and the second game being lost both by scores of 3-2. The Huskies came out fighting in the first game of the weekend. UConn threw the first punch with a goal by freshman Michela Cava. The goal was assisted by fellow freshman Brittany Berisofa. The Black Bears would hit back with a goal of their own within the first period, tying up the score.
The game wouldn’t be tied for long as Maine would attack with a player down and score a go-ahead goal late in the second period. The Huskies tied the game up shortly after with a game tying goal shot by Michela Cava, her second of the day. Casey Knajdek and freshman Rachel Farrel assisted on the goal. The Huskies and Black Bears were headed to overtime after a third period saw neither team gain an advantage on the scoreboard. The Huskies would emerge victorious in a short overtime. Assisted by junior Kiana Neuheim, sophomore Kayla Campero scored her first goal of the season to end the game and give UConn their first win of the young season. Elaine Chulli got the start in
goal on Saturday and made 18 saves. She was relieved of her duties after allowing two goals in 2 periods of play. Junior Sarah Moses didn’t allow a goal for the rest of the game and stopped 18 shots. The Huskies lost 3-2 in the second half of their doubleheader with the Black Bears. The Huskies would once again come out looking to strike first. Sophomore Caitlin Hewes scored the first goal of the game. Unfortunately for UConn, this would turn out to be their only lead of the day. Maine came back with three goals of their own. Brianne Kilgour scored back-toback goals in the first period. Her teammate, Brittany Dougherty, put the exclamation on the period with a goal of her own, making
the score 3-1. UConn continued to scrap and fight through the game, but could only score one more goal in the effort. Michela Cava scored late in the game for the Huskies. This brought her weekend total to 3 goals. That would be the last score for either team on the weekend as the game ended 3-2 Maine. Junior Sarah Moses was able to stop 34 shots, despite a flurry of goals in the first period. This weekend brought UConn’s overall record to 1-5-1 and their conference record to 1-1. The Huskies will return home for their next game Friday against conference rival Syracuse.
Volleyball defeats two Big East opponents on the road By Tim Fontenault Staff Writer Led by sophomore Devon Maugle, the UConn volleyball team had a weekend to remember, defeating South Florida and Pittsburgh on the road to move into sixth place in the Big East Conference. The Huskies (14-10) are now 5-4 in the Big East, and with six games to play are in a favorable situation in the conference standings. The top eight teams advance to the conference tournament in Milwaukee, Wis. in November. The Huskies were in Tampa, Fla. on Friday to take on the South Florida Bulls and picked up their
Providence Friars up next for UConn from NO. 4, page 12 matches remaining. In their final two matches of the season, both teams face home and away series against Big East opposition. UConn faces two matches with Providence College, who are currently 1-5-0, while Marquette face the much more daunting task of facing No. 9 ranked Notre Dame and their 4-2-0 record. If Marquette wins their final two matches, they will win the Big East Blue Division. Any slip-up will leave the door open for UConn to win the title. The University of Connecticut men’s soccer team travels to play Providence College this Wednesday in their penultimate match of the season before returning home for Senior Night celebrations vs. Providence next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
most impressive win of the season, pulling out a 3-2 victory after dropping the first two sets. The Bulls never dominated in the first two sets but won both by scores of 25-19 and 26-24. UConn stormed back, taking the next two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-21 to force the extra set. Going into the match, the Huskies were 1-1 when matches went five sets, most recently losing to Cincinnati the week before. UConn pulled off a 15-13 fifth set victory to take the match. Freshman Immanuella Anagu and senior captain Mattison Quayle led the way for the Huskies on Friday with 15 kills each, a career-high for Anagu. Maugle added 13 kills and 12 digs for
her seventh double-double of the year. Freshman Marissa Prinzbach recorded 18 digs and reached 50 assists for the third time this season. The Huskies then made their way up to Pennsylvania to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers on Sunday afternoon. Pittsburgh kept it close, but UConn was able to scrape out a 3-1 victory to move to 5-4 and to sixth place in the Big East. Maugle was the star of the match, posting yet another doubledouble with 17 kills and 17 digs. Sophomore Karson Ratliff continued her impressive run over the past couple weeks with 13 kills. Anagu capped off a career weekend by getting 10 kills. Kelsey Maving was her usual self on
defense, picking up 27 digs, while Prinzbach just missed the century mark in assists for the weekend, recording 48. With six games left, the Huskies still have a lot of work to do in order to keep their tournament spot and to get the most favorable seed possible. On Saturday, UConn hosts Rutgers, who are struggling in conference play with a 2-7 record. On Sunday, the Huskies host Seton Hall, who sit just ahead of UConn in fifth place, but also have a 5-4 record. Both matches are at Gampel Pavilion and begin at 2 p.m.
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UConn middle blocker Jackie Wattles leaps in the air to set the ball over the net in a recent match at Gampel Pavilion.
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LSU survives A&M, looks toward Tide COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — LSU coach Les Miles is already giving Alabama something to think about, two weeks away from their showdown in Death Valley. The Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) head into the month of November with one loss or fewer for the sixth time in eight years following Saturday's 24-19 win over Texas A&M. LSU has an open date before hosting top-ranked Alabama on Nov. 3, The Crimson Tide wasn't on Miles' mind moments after LSU rallied to beat the Aggies at Kyle Field. "We're going to get on the plane," Miles said. "We're going to head home. We're going to find us a big flatscreen TV somewhere. Eat heavily, watch the games, and probably tomorrow sometime we'll likely meet with the team and describe the game and kind of fix it, talk about the things we did good and the things we didn't." Long passes were one of
the things LSU didn't do well against Texas A&M. Zach Mettenberger completed only 11 of 29 passes for 97 yards. He did throw a 29-yard TD pass to Kadron Boone that put LSU ahead for good just before halftime. Otherwise, he completed no pass longer than 17 yards and overthrew some open receivers down the field. The Tigers have two weeks to fix that — and maybe work on some deep throws to try against the Tide. "We're going to hit some of those deep shots eventually," Miles said. Mettenberger said the Aggies stacked the line of scrimmage to stop LSU's running attack, something he hadn't seen other opponents try yet this season. That created opportunities for long passes, but Mettenberger said the swirling wind at Kyle Field affected his touch. "It was really tough to throw those deep balls accurately today," he said. "Before this game, we really hadn't taken many shots downfield. Next
time, we have to capitalize on the deep balls." The Tigers weren't biting on questions about the Tide after Saturday's hard-fought win. LSU beat Alabama 9-6 in overtime in Tuscaloosa last Nov. 5. The Crimson Tide then dominated the Tigers 21-0 in the BCS championship game. "We can't look into that right now," running back Michael Ford said. "We have to go and make corrections from this game." And there will be plenty of those, particularly from the first quarter and a half. The Aggies (5-2, 2-2) and their no-huddle offense kept the Tigers off balance early and dropped LSU into a 12-0 deficit, its biggest since last year's championship game. As the first half wore on, LSU's defense started to figure out A&M and quarterback Johnny Manziel, who came into the game leading the SEC in total offense. Freshman Jalen Collins got the Tigers going when he intercepted Manziel's pass near midfield.
Collins was making his first. Ford finished the resulting drive with a 20-yard touchdown run, the 13th of his career. Texas A&M's Ben Malena then fumbled at the Aggies' 42, and Boone made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone with 11 seconds left before the break. LSU also converted another Manziel interception into a touchdown in the fourth quarter. "We've been in situations like that before," defensive end Sam Montgomery said about trailing early. "We know how to fight our way out of those situations. The game is not over until the fourth quarter." LSU's offense would like to help the defense a bit more. The Tigers failed to score a touchdown in the first quarter for the third straight game, and they're averaging only 16 points in their four SEC games. "Our job as an offensive group is we have to start clicking more, start scoring points earlier," Boone said.
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the game. Princeton outshot UConn 15-6 and had five corners compared to the Huskies three. UConn played a long and hard fought game against a top ranked opponent, but came up short. Although this game prevented the team from going undefeated in the season, they have had a phenomenal run. They should be proud of their accomplishments, beating numerous top ranked opponents and earning several shut outs, and use this as motivation for the remainder of the season. This loss will motivate the Huskies even more to beat the Syracuse Orange in their last regular season game on the October 27th.
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Nov. 9 Michigan State 5:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 UMassLowell 1 p.m.
Nov. 7 Holy Family 7 p.m.
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“I’ve been better, but I’ve also been worse,” –Lance Arrmstrong speaking at at his Livestrong charity’s fund-raiser bike ride after stepping down as as chairman. Nov. 16 Wake Forest 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 13 Vermont 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (0-0) Nov. 3 Indiana Univ. (PA) 7 p.m.
The net rushing yards that the UConn Orange.
Men’s Basketball (0-0) Nov. 1 American International 7 p.m.
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Nov. 11 Nov. 18 College of Texas Charleston A&M 1:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
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Nov. 22 Wake Forest 6 p.m.
Football (3-5) Nov. 3 USF TBA
Nov. 9 Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
Dec. 1 Cincinnati TBA
Nov. 24 Louisville TBA
Men’s Soccer (13-1-1) Oct. 24 Providence 3 p.m.
Oct. 27 Providence 4 p.m.
Oct. 31 Big East Tournament
Field Hockey (16-1) Oct. 27 Syracuse 1 p.m.
Nov. 2 BIG EAST Semifinal 5 p.m.
Volleyball Oct. 27 Rutgers 2 p.m.
Oct. 28 Seton Hall 2 p.m.
Nov. 2 BIG EAST Semifinal 7:30 p.m.
(14-10) Nov. 2 Marquette 8 p.m.
Nov. 4 Syracuse 2 p.m.
Nov. 7 Georgetown 11:30 a.m.
Men’s Hockey (0-1-0) Oct. 26 Holy Cross 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 27 Union 8 p.m.
Nov. 2 Niagara 7:05 p.m.
Oct. 27 Syracuse 3 p.m.
Nov. 2 Northeastern 7 p.m.
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Nov. 9 Sacred Heart 7: 05 p.m.
Women’s Hockey (1-5-1) Oct. 26 Syracuse 7 p.m.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates after the Saints defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-2
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame’s victory over Brigham Young lacked the drama of the goal-line stand against Stanford, the defensive domination the Fighting Irish showed against Michigan and the excitement of their last-minute win over Purdue. Yet just like in those three other games, the Irish found a way to win a close game, beating BYU 17-14 to move to 7-0 for the 25th time in school history and the first time since Tyrone Willingham’s first year as coach in 2002. That squad won five games by a touchdown or less en route to a 10-3 season. Notre Dame is 4-0 in games decided by a touchdown or less this season and has won seven straight such regular-season games dating back to last season, after going 2-5 in such games after Brian Kelly became coach in 2010. Those included losses to Tulsa and South Florida and a pair of lastminute losses to Michigan. Notre Dame is finding ways to win ugly rather than lose ugly. “I think it’s just a toughness,” said quarterback Tommy Rees, who has played a role in all but two of those games. “We’ve figured out how to play. We can close them out in the end.” The Irish were without starting quarterback Everett Golson against BYU. He was held out as a precaution after sustaining a concussion a week earlier against Stanford. Kelly said Sunday he expects Golson to be ready to play against No. 8 Oklahoma (5-1), but wants to see how he reacts to a full exertion workout Monday. For a while Saturday it looked like Notre Dame’s perfect season was in jeopardy. Trailing 14-7, the Irish turned to their running game and a tough defense to pull out the victory. Theo Riddick rushed for 143 yards and Cierre Wood ran for 114, as each ran for more yards than any other opponent had against the Cougars. “I think controlling the football for us and playing great defense in the second half has been our formula for winning and we are not going to go away from that,” Kelly said.
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Griffin can’t outduel Manning, Giants win 27-23 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Robert Griffin III is doing just about everything well in the NFL — especially desperation. Griffin made a handful of spectacular plays Sunday and, even though he couldn’t carry the Washington Redskins to victory over the New York Giants, he left a lasting impression on everyone in the building. His best work didn’t come on either of his touchdown passes to Santana Moss in the 27-23 loss, although those were pretty memorable, too. The play that will dominate the highlight reels until, well, RG3 makes a whole bunch more of them, came on a fourth-and-10 at the Washington 23 with 2:07 to go. The Redskins trailed 20-16 when Griffin was pressured, scrambled to his left, was trapped by Jason PierrePaul, spun away from the defender — who futilely went sprawling to the ground — and set himself to throw. All the while, Griffin has his eyes downfield. He spied tight end Logan Paulsen for a 19-yard gain. Three plays later, including his own 24-yard run, he sent a 30-yard pass to Santana Moss that the receiver called “perfect,” giving Washington a short-lived lead. “You try to tell everyone that you work through the play and after you’ve exhausted everything, then you can play backyard football,” Griffin said. “I exhausted my progressions, everyone stayed alive and we made a big play.” One of many by the sensational
rookie who displayed all of his skills — strong and accurate arm, breakaway speed, strength, smarts — throughout the game. He’s already sending waves of fear through his opponents. “I’m pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East,” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. “To face that guy twice a year is going to be a headache. It’s hard to game-plan that guy. He takes away from your enthusiasm for the game when you play a play perfectly and he still has 4.3 speed to make plays. I don’t think there is anybody in the league just like him. If I was going to run an offense and they asked me Vick, Cam Newton or RG3, I’m taking that guy hands down.” Still, Griffin couldn’t get Washington (3-4) a win and the Redskins fell two games behind New York (5-2) in the division. The Giants have won three straight. Griffin and everyone else on the offense felt they would use the final 73 seconds after Victor Cruz’s 77-yard TD reception to stage another comeback. But Moss fumbled at the Washington 43. Coach Mike Shanahan was livid that Cruz got behind double coverage for the winning score. “Two guys have got one guy we focused on,” Shanahan said, “and they went down and beat us.” Griffin was 20 of 28 for 258 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 89 yards on nine carries. Fellow rookie Alfred Morris gained
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins
120 yards rushing. Manning’s pass to Cruz came two plays and 19 seconds after Griffin capped what was a potential winning 77-yard drive with the 30-yard touchdown toss to Moss. Cruz blew by Josh Wilson and Madieu Williams and the more than 80,000 fans in MetLife Stadium celebrated as Manning triumphantly pumped his fist once again after his 22nd fourth-quarter and overtime comeback. Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown scored on 1-yard runs and Lawrence Tynes kicked a pair of
field goals for the Giants, who won despite giving up nearly 500 yards in total offense. Manning hit 26 of 40 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown for New York, which had 396 yards in total offense, with the biggest chunk coming on Manning’s pass to Senor Salsa. Before the wild finish, the second half was dominated by turnovers. Griffin was picked off by safety Stevie Brown and his 41-yard return late in the third quarter set up Bradshaw’s 1-yard plow-job into the end zone.
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Yankees lost on offense during postseason
Monday, October 22, 2012
BEATEN TO A PULP
Huskies fall to Orange in third straight loss
By Matt Stypulkoski Staff Writer In just a matter of days, the New York Yankees went from World Series contenders to three-ring circus purveyors. It’s funny what losing can do to a team. Alex Rodriguez is in the midst of trade rumors, Curtis Granderson has an option that may or may not be picked up, Derek Jeter is at the very beginning stage of recovering from a broken ankle, CC Sabathia is on his way to get a sore elbow checked out for a potential injury and that’s only the start of the drama. The speculation around this team is rampant. But realistically, only one thing is known for sure. They’re old. At no point during the season did age shine through more than under the bright October lights, as the Yankees were simply incapable of manufacturing runs in the postseason. A large percentage of the team was nursing injuries, which only further hampered their already limited ways to score runs. In years past, the biggest problem New York has had in the playoffs has been their pitching - especially their starters - and their struggles in keeping the other team at bay. But this postseason, with the exception of Sabathia’s final start in Game 4 of the ALCS, the starting pitching was superb and kept the Yanks in contention despite the fact that they were constantly posting zeroes across the box score. Simply put, they couldn’t score to save their playoff lives. During the regular season, the Yankees were second in the league with 804 runs scored. But they led the league with 245 home runs 34 more than the Orioles, who ranked second in the category. Their dependence on the long ball was all too clear by the playoffs, as they were forced to rely on the heroics of Raul Ibanez on several occasions just to keep themselves alive. Other than the few home runs that they did manage, the Yankees seemed lost on offense, unable to manufacture runs by playing small ball like other postseason teams. While their opponents were able to string base hits together, steal bases, lay down bunts and use outs productively to tack runs on the board, New York was busy swinging and missing at the plate, as every batter looked desperate to rip the cover off the ball. The concept of creating runs was lost on the Yankees, and that was their downfall. If New York hopes to better things for next season and improve their chances at winning a 28th World Series title, they will need to rely less on home runs - far more difficult to come by in the playoffs, as the cool October air kills fly balls and stingy postseason pitching avoids big mistakes at all costs - and more on making contact and hitting for average. It may not be as explosive or sexy of an offensive strategy, but it is far more effective. After all, to quote a former coach of mine, “they don’t ask how, they ask how many.” And that’s why the Yankees are currently booking tee times while the Tigers are booking plane rides for the Fall Classic.
By Andrew Callahan Senior Staff Writer
SYRACUSE - It was do-or-die. The biggest game of the season. Time for the Huskies to decide what kind of team they wanted to be and keep post-season hope alive. Four quarters later, UConn put forth their worst 60 minutes of football yet, against Big East rival Syracuse. The Huskies, in their worst loss since 2007, had gone belly up. Shut out by the Orange (3-4, 2-1) 20-0 in the second half, UConn (3-5, 0-3) fell 40-10 at the Carrier Dome last Friday night in front of a crowd of 36,715. The Husky defense allowed over 500 yards of total offense, including 251 rushing. Jerome Smith tallied 137 yards on the ground at seven yards per carry, the first 100-yard rusher for Syracuse this season. Quarterback Ryan Nassib was 14-20 passing for 251 yards and two touchdowns. The UConn offense wasn’t much more impressive, failing to score a point after halftime for the third straight game. The rushing attack accumulated negative yardage on eighteen carries, due to backward scrambles from quarterbacks Chandler Whitmer and Scott McCummings. Running back Lyle McCombs picked up a measly 16 yards on a dozen rushes. Through the air, Whitmer finished 23-41 for 291 yards, a touchdown and one interception. He
UConn senior tight end John Delahunt avoids a tackle in a recent home game against Temple at Rentschler Field.
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Field hockey suffers its first loss of the season
By Erica Brancato Campus Correspondent Although the UConn field hockey team’s season is beginning to wind down, their playing has been hotter than ever. This weekend the Huskies played two away games against No. 16 Boston College and No. 2 Princeton. UConn continued their winning streak to beat Boston College, but couldn’t hold on to their undefeated record, falling to Princeton for their first loss of regular season play. On Friday, UConn traveled to Boston to play the Boston College Eagles. Chloe Hunnable and Louisa Boddy scored two goals apiece while Marie Elena Bolles scored one to help the Huskies beat the Eagles 5-1. Chloe Hunnable
started UConn’s success with her first goal only 6:45 into the contest. Hunnable’s second goal of the game came with just nine seconds left into the first half. Marie Elena Bolles crossed a strong shot off of a corner to Hunnable who had a direct shot on net. Hunnable’s goal helped the Huskies keep a strong lead of 3-0 at halftime. UConn remained the dominant force throughout the game outshooting the Eagles 16-8. The Huskies also had seven corners compared to Boston’s one. Goalie, Sarah Mansfield, had five saves throughout the whole game, which helped the Huskies prevail. This past Monday, Mansfield was honored as the Big East defensive player of the week for the second week in a row. She has received this honor an over-
all three times this season, making her a huge threat to opposing teams. On Sunday, UConn field hockey suffered its first defeat of the season, losing 4-1 against the No. 2 Princeton Tigers. Princeton’s Teresa Benvenuti gave the Tigers the upper hand, scoring the first goal just 4:05 into the game. Kathleen Sharkey scored two goals for the Tigers, while Sydney Kirby added in one goal to help Princeton win the match. The Huskies fought hard to even the game up before the first half was over; Marie Elena Bolles nearly scored to tie up the game but Princeton’s goalie, Julia Boyle, was at her best. Alicia Angelini scored UConn’s only goal of the game off of
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UConn’s Alicia Angelini comes in to help out her teamate in a game on September 16th against the Yale Bulldogs at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex.
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No. 4 Men’s soccer picks up 13th victory By Miles DeGrazia Staff Writer
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UConn defenseman Max Wasserman clears the ball in a recent game Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The Huskies are currently ranked fourth in the nation.
The No. 4 ranked University of Connecticut men’s soccer team recorded their 13th win of the season Saturday night when they defeated the University of Pittsburgh 2-1, moving into a tie for first place in the Big East Blue division. Sophomore attacking midfielder Adria Beso helped UConn secure the comeback victory with a second half goal and an assist. UConn started the better team, but failed to convert any of their nine chances into goals. The Huskies were punished when, in the 35th minute, Andy Clifford scored with Pitt’s first shot, netting his first goal of the season. After the goal, UConn contin-
ued to try and break down a tough Pitt defense, but halftime came just as the Huskies really began to pile on the pressure. After the halftime break, UConn stuck to head coach Ray Reid’s gameplan. Thirteen minutes into the second half, Adria Beso launched a 35-yard shot past Pitt goalkeeper Dan Lynd, leveling the match at 1-1. After evening the score, it took UConn just nine more minutes to find the go-ahead goal. Senior captain Carlos Alvarez latched onto a through ball from Beso that befuddled Pitt’s back four, leaving Alvarez one-onone with the Pitt goalkeeper. Alvarez calmly tip toed around the keeper and passed the ball into the back of the net for his seventh goal of the season, giving UConn a 2-1 advantage. After taking the lead, UConn
looked likely to score again but failed to convert any more chances. More importantly, the Huskies never allowed Pitt to get back into the game, preserving the 2-1 victory. Reid was happy with his team’s strong performance. “This game just showed how resilient this team really is,” said Reid. “We were all over them, dominating throughout. They get a fluky goal and we battled back. Our guys turned up the energy and were really focused tonight. This was a really good performance for us.” With the victory, UConn moved level with No. 5 ranked Marquette University, both teams having a 5-1-0 (W-LD) Big East record with two
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Published on Oct 22, 2012